Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 - Maybe this year I can actually be successful at keeping up with my blog! I love the idea of it, but keeping up with it on a regular basis poses quite a problem for me!

This year, I have set some goals for myself....let me challenge myself and bring others into the plan to help to hold me accountable.

These aren't really resolutions...they are just things I have been wanting to do and I am tired of feeling like a loser because I don't do them. I want to expand my horizons!!

  1. Learn to play the guitar
  2. Learn to draw
  3. Read the Bible every day
  4. Organize/clean up the house
  5. Get rid of the clutter - sell, give away, donate, whatever it takes!
  6. Lose 15 pounds

My plan is to set up a schedule and set time aside each day to do at least one of these things. I workout 5-6 days a week and I work to eat a healthy diet and stay within my calorie range. Fitting the other stuff on this list is the challenge.
Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Short story published on Yahoo!

I am happy that another one of my short stories was published on Yahoo!  It is an odd little story, I would love it if you would check it out.  As I always say, in the interest of full disclosure, I can earn money for page views, but you really have to get A LOT of page views before the bucks start rolling in!!

Check it out:


Monday, October 14, 2013


I decided it was time to try my hand at ebay selling. I have been thinking about it for so long and I finally started.

Please check out the items that I have for sale

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Finding Strength in God

I have a family member who is in a dark place.  I have been praying for strength to reach out to this person and help to pull them out of the darkness.  I know that God will give me the words.  I find joy in the fact that when we have concerns and don't, in our human frailty, know how to deal with them, the Lord leads us in the right direction.  I was reading a book that mentioned "mind binding spirits".  I never heard this term before, in fact, I am finding that many terms that I am not familiar with are coming to my attention.  They all have great meaning for me.  I have been reading about strongholds that Satan builds in our minds.  The Mind Binding Spirits go right along with the strongholds to hurt us and hold us back from so many things.  I was drawn to research more about these spirits, or demons and I came across a prayer. As I read it, I realized that it could apply to my loved one. I took that prayer and adapted it to the situation that we are facing, the situation that my loved one faces on a daily basis.  

It was with some fear and trepidation that I turned in this direction.  Some of the information that came up in my searches sounded like witchcraft - so that scared me.  I got the feeling that I wasn't supposed to do this, that I wasn't prepared, that I wasn't...I don't know...Holy enough?  Then I found this verse: Mark 16:17 - "These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in My name, and they will speak in new languages"

I realized what was happening. Satan was trying to get us to back off...he doesn't want us to reach out and help this person.  I know that I, that we do not have the power to cast out the demons of self-doubt and addiction, but that in Jesus' name it will be done.  God led me to read the book that brought me to this knowledge - He led me to read more - He would not have led me here if I wasn't supposed to know this, or pray this prayer.

So, as my spiritual life takes a very different turn, I will go forward with the Lord's blessing and stand up to the demons who surround my loved one!

God Bless you all!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Staying Productive

As I search the internet for jobs and try to decide what is next for me in the work world - I am trying to get some things done around the house.  I have been keeping up with dishes and have even cooked a few meals!  Lots of other things I need to get to.  A guy that my husband works with gave us a cabbage.  A huge cabbage!  Today I was adventurous and decided to make sauerkraut. I am not a big fan, but what the heck - you can only eat so much cabbage.  I found a recipe online - one that is done by canning the sauerkraut, not letting it sit in a crock for weeks.  I don't think I cut it thin enough. It didn't say to shred it...just to slice it very thin. You can see by my picture that I didn't do very well at that.  So 10 days from now, we are supposed to have sauerkraut.  It was really simple and if it turns out well, I will post the recipe and give credit to the person who supplied it. I don't want to give them a bad name if I just didn't do it right!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Big Changes...

I think I am finally ready to 'talk' about what happened this past week.  I was invited to a meeting with my boss on Tuesday.  The meeting was actually a sit down to tell me that my position with the company had been eliminated.  It was upsetting and shocking to a small degree, but in some ways I was expecting it. A few things happened in the past few months that caused me to:

  • Not be as happy in my job as I once was
  • Feel that I wasn't living up to the expectations of the company
It was disappointing to the extent that I really did want to make a difference!  I really did want to be one of those people who got called up on the stage to be recognized at the end of the year meeting. This has caused me to take a look at myself, and the company that I worked for, to figure out why I didn't succeed.  

My conclusion is that there are two main reasons:
  1. I didn't push hard enough.  I should have stood up and said "Look, this is my responsibility and if you are going to hold me accountable for these results, then we are going to implement this plan that I have.  People are going to respect my decision and do what I ask of them in order to get the results".  I didn't do that.
  2. The people above me didn't have confidence in me, possibly because I didn't have confidence in me. They are a good company, with a lot of good people.  I believe that we just weren't the right match.  We had different ideas and they didn't jive.  
I know this is the best thing for me and for the company. Hopefully, they can find a person who is the right match and who can help them achieve their goals.  

I will find the right work match for myself.  I don't know what that is yet, but I will. By the Grace of God, I will. 

In the meantime, I need to keep taking care of myself physically and emotionally.  I must continue to exercise and eat right and lose the rest of my weight, then keep it off.  All while hunting a new job.

I will keep you posted...keep me in your prayers!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Flower update

I have been so busy with work and planning the family reunion!  The reunion was a great success again!  Not as many people as I would like to see attending, but I understand - life, work and distance prevents many family members from getting there.

Our little corner flower garden has done so well!  It has really filled in and I think most of the plants are perennials so next year should bring beautiful color with little work!